Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Everything But a Bride

The Hungarian grandmother's curse strikes again in Holly Jacobs' charming romance, Everything But a Bride. Vancy Bashalde Salo, as a young beautiful woman, cursed the descendants of the man who left her at the church. When she married him, she realized she'd cursed her own descendants. They would never have a big, beautiful wedding until they married for love instead of for the sake of the wedding.

In the first book in the series, Everything But a Groom, Vancy's oldest granddaughter was left at the altar. In this second book, Noah Salo doesn't even make it to the church. His fianceé, Julianna, breaks up with him at his own stag party. She knows that they really were nothing more than childhood friends, and it wasn't really a passionate love.

When Noah's down in the dumps, it's Julianna's stepsister, Callie, who shows up to cheer him up. Since they share an interest in outdoor sports, Noah suggests they take that paid for honeymoon trip as a non-honeymoon. What could happen when two best friends go away together?

Holly Jacobs writes warm, enjoyable romances, filled with family. Despite the family curse, the Salo family is a big, supportive family who love each other. And, friends and co-workers in the Salo Construction, are part of the family. Everything But a Bride moves quickly because it's hard to leave the Salo family, and, in this case, Noah and Callie. The Everything But..series is rated G. In my opinion that means a good book, good entertainment, and gentle romance.

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Everything But a Bride by Holly Jacobs. Avalon Books, ©2008. ISBN 978-0803499041
(hardcover), 186p.


HollyJacobs said...


Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Everything but a Bride. I had such a good time with the Salo family...I'm so glad you like them, too!


Lesa said...

You're welcome, Holly! I do enjoy the family. And, I'm looking forward to next year's book.

I'll get back to you if the review is picked up in syndication.